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S. Romanus3 and seems to mark the site of another sanctuary. So likewise do the four columns crowned with ancient capitals which form the porch of the mosque Kurkju Jamissij on the north side of the street.
Phocas Maroules was domestic of the imperial table under Andronicus II. Palaeologus (1282-1328), He appears also as the commander of the guards on the city walls that screened the palace of Blachernae, when Andronicus III, PalaeologuSj accompanied by John Cantacuzene, the protostrator Synadenus, and an escort of thirty soldiers^ stood before the gate of Gyrolimne to parley with the elder emperor. The domestic was the bearer of the messages exchanged between the imperial relatives on that occasion. It was a thankless task. But what troubled the mind of Maroules most was how to avoid giving offence to both sovereigns and succeed in serving two masters. To salute the grandson as became his rank and pretensions would incur the grandfather's displeasure ; to treat rudely the young prince, who had come on a friendly errand, and addressed the domestic in gracious termSj was an impropriety which the reputation of Maroules as a paragon of politeness would not allow him to commit. Furthermores fortune being fickles he felt bound as a prudent man to consult her caprices. Accordingly, allowing less discreet officials beside him to insult the younger emperor as much as they pleased, he himself refrained both from all taunts and from all courteous speech. In response to the greetings of Andronicus III. he said nothing, but at the same time made a respectful bow, thus maintaining his good manners and yet guarding his interests whatever turn the dispute between the two emperors might take. John Cantacuzene, a kindred spirits extols the behaviour of Maroules in this dilemma as beyond all praise.1
After the death of Maroules his widow and son attempted to turn the convent into a monastery. But the patriarchal court3 before which the case came in 1341^ decided in favour of the claims of the nuns, on the principle that the intention of the founder should in such matters be always
1 Cantacuzene, i, p. 255 ; Niceph, Greg, ix* pp, 407, 409.